The Thompson-Nicola Regional District is currently seeking public input on its 2013-17 Financial Plan.
The Local Government Act states that “a regional district must have a financial plan that is adopted annually, by bylaw, by March 31. The planning period for a financial plan is five years, that period being the year in which the plan is specified to come into force and the following four years.”
“The public is encouraged to go on our website and review the 2013-2017 Financial Plan and its highlights. If they have any feedback, they can then fill out our Finance Plan Input Form,” said Doug Rae, Director of Finance.
The preparation of the Financial Plan begins in the fall of each year and a provisional Financial Plan is presented to the Board of Directors at that time.
The Financial Plan incorporates requests from Directors and service committees, any new services as well as staff estimates of funding required to maintain current service levels. The final Financial Plan is then presented in March and adopted before the deadline of March 31.
The Finance Department conducts public budget consultation in conjunction with other service-related meetings throughout the year at various locations in the Regional District.
The TNRD encourages input from taxpayers across the Regional District on the Financial Plan.
The Finance Plan Input Form is available at tnrd.ca under the Submission Inquiries header on the homepage. You can also go to the Finance page under Departments and find a link to the online form, as well as a link to a PDF that can be faxed, mailed, or emailed to the TNRD. A link to the 2013-17 Financial Plan is also found on the Finance page.
Submissions can be filled out anonymously or information can be provided if you wish to be contacted.